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Hardwick PROJECT
Kindergarten -
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
tulip ball photo


Hardwick Elementary School and the Hardwick Historical Society are committed to linking children to their cultural heritage throughout their elementary school years. Teachers are partnering with historical society members to create "place-based" curricula at each grade level. The following "focus questions" defined the course of study for the 2004-2005 school year:

What do we know about food and gardening in Hardwick, past and present? How does it relate to the history of our town? What was the Tulip Festival?
What was our community like in 1850 and how does this compare to today? What did people do for work long ago?
What can we discover about the French-Canadian culture in Hardwick, past and present?
What was life like in the one room school houses of Hardwick in the early 1900eds and how does that compare to today?
What can we discover about World War II and its effect on Hardwick residents?

The year ended with all students contributing an exhibit at the Hardwick Historical Society weekend open house. Many exhibits were staffed by the students throughout the day.

The teachers at Hardwick Elementary School would be happy to share more information about their standards-based Community History units and work with local historical society members. If you would like more information, contact Helen Beattie at and you will be directed to the appropriate person.